VP Information co-founder Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin would not plan on retiring

“Music is my life and I nonetheless need to hold the momentum going from the previous sixty years. I really like to speak and unite individuals. Doing nothing just isn’t my purpose,” says 86-year-old entrepreneur and co-founder of VP Information Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin, as she and her group put together for Worldwide Document Retailer Day 2024 on April 20 throughout america, Europe, and components of Asia.

Worldwide Document Retailer Day originated in america in 2007 and is well known in international locations together with the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan.

The day brings collectively followers, artists, and hundreds of report shops globally to rejoice the tradition of independently owned report shops and the vinyl report tradition that has introduced these shops into a brand new period of relevance.

A spotlight of the day is the issuing of particular vinyl releases together with different promotional choices to mark the event, that are solely accessible at taking part shops.

VP Information’ Worldwide Document Retailer Day

Miss Pat is eagerly anticipating VP Information’ annual Document Retailer Day celebration, which can happen this Saturday from 12 midday to six pm at their flagship retailer in Jamaica Queens and at their retail retailer in Miramar Florida. Particular friends for the day on the Jamaica Queens occasion will probably be VP recording artist Romain Virgo.

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In keeping with Miss Pat, “It is going to be a celebration of Romain’s new album launch, The Mild Man, and likewise the work that he has achieved over time. We wish to honor his accomplishments from his Rising Stars days up until now. He will probably be current to do a meet and greet, take images together with his followers, and signal copies of the album. It guarantees to be a enjoyable day and can shine a lightweight on the sound system and vinyl tradition, displaying everybody that our music is alive and effectively, even with all of the levels that we’ve handed via.”

Retirement not on Miss Pat’s agenda

At an age when lots of her friends are having fun with retirement and slowing down, the tireless Miss Pat smilingly asserts that none of that’s on her agenda.

“I’m not retired,” she laughs. “I don’t consider myself as retired in any respect. I nonetheless have work to do and I nonetheless have my ears to the streets. I’ve been via all of it, from mento, ska, to rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, and dub, and I’ve by no means misplaced observe of the completely different tendencies within the music. My plan is to maintain going and to maintain preserving our musical legacy for so long as I can.”

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Miss Pat and her late husband Vincent Chin collectively based VP Information in New York in 1979. They’d immigrated to the USA from Jamaica having run a small report retailer, Randy’s Document Mart, and a recording studio, Studio 17, for some 20 years in downtown Kingston. From a tiny retail outlet on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, VP Information has grown to develop into the biggest unbiased reggae label and distributor of Caribbean music on the planet.

She believes that entrepreneurship was in her DNA, as she began her personal enterprise throughout childhood whereas rising up in Kingston because the eldest of three kids born to her Chinese language mom and Indian father. Whereas at Alpha Women College, she requested her father to purchase her some rubber bands and marbles, fashionable novelty gadgets amongst her schoolmates on the time, and, exhibiting her enterprising entrepreneurial spirit, she offered them at lunchtime.

“Wanting again,” says Miss Pat at this time, “Perhaps that’s how my enterprise sense started to develop.”

Her perseverance was instrumental to the eventual success of VP Information, which proudly boasts a roster of current and previous artists that features most of the hottest reggae and dancehall stars of all time together with Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Spice, Girl Noticed, Morgan Heritage, and Tanya Stephens. A lot of them have develop into her shut mates.

Having survived and thrived amidst early skilled challenges, in addition to overcoming a number of private tragedies together with the lack of her husband Vincent, two sons, and a grandson, Miss Pat continues to persevere, decided to make a distinction.

In 2006, the federal government of Jamaica awarded her the celebrated Order of Distinction (OD) in recognition of her contribution to Jamaican music and tradition, and 2021 she revealed her memoir, Miss Pat- My Reggae Music Journey. She can also be the primary lady to have obtained the American Affiliation of Unbiased Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

VP Information is situated at 170 -19 Jamaica Avenue, Queens NY, 11432, and at 6022 SW twenty first Road in Miramar Florida, 33023. Document Retailer Day is free and open to the general public.

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